Professional Development Resources

*NEW* Berea College Community Strengthening Initiative (BCCSI)

The Berea College Community Strengthening Initiative (BCCSI) is a program meant to encourage Berea College staff to attend at least one on-campus event per month, if possible. For more information, please visit this webpage.

FERPA Training PowerPoint

Want to learn more about FERPA here at Berea College? If so, please login to review a PowerPoint created by the Office of the Registrar for all Berea College employees. Aslo be sure to check-out the FERPA webpage on the Office of the Registrar’s website:

Professional Development Request Form

Do you want to request professional development funds from your Vice President for a conference, training, certification, etc.? If so, simply fill out the form at this link:

The College’s Administrative Leadership Council (made up of the Administrative Committee, Associate Vice Presidents, and Directors) and Staff Forum leadership indicate that the top five requests for professional development from staff members are:

  1. Funds to attend or present at conferences and workshops;
  2. Increased frequency and levels of technology training;
  3. Certification training;
  4. Job-specific skills training; and
  5. Leadership skills development, including tools for running an effective meeting.

Priority allocation for staff development funds is given to 1) strategic professional development of staff to ensure that employees with promotional potential receive training to prepare them for the next step in their career progression at the College; 2) staff with credentials that require continuing education; and 3) staff presenting at a conference; and 4.) Technical skills training for new job related technology.

Instructions for Professional Development Proposals

Proposals should describe the activity, provide a budget, and indicate the amount of funding requested. Obtaining the support of your immediate supervisor is a required part of the application process. Awards are made on a first-come, first-served, basis and are subject to the availability of funds.

Travel Policy

Please note that all who receive funds involving travel must adhere to the Berea College Travel Policy.

Report on Completion

Staff who receive Staff Development Funding are to submit a report via email within 30 days of the completion of the project via email to a designated staff member within the Division (Staff members in the academic division are not required to complete a report after their project has been completed). Those staff members are as follows:

  • Alumni & College Relations: JoJo Wray
  • Financial Affairs: Scotty Abney
  • Information Systems & Services: Yvonne Williams
  • Student Life: Carla Roberts
  • Operations & Sustainability: Malissa Blair
  • President’s Office: Judy Mott
  • Strategic Initiatives: Erica Woods
  • Labor: Brittany Ash

Please note that your direct supervisor’s electronic signature is required on this form.

If you experience any technical difficulty with this form, please contact Sam Cole via email at or via phone by calling ext. 3210.

If you are not sure about which Division you are in as a staff member, please consult this handy guide.

Professional Development Initiative Documentation

Vision Paper (PDF) (includes definition of professional development)

Staff Forum Presentation to A.C. in December 2015 (PDF)

Staff Professional Development and Climate Survey Instrument (PDF) (administered in 2015)

On and Off-Campus Professional Development Opportunities

Coffee and Cream Chats

The Workforce Development Training Team at the Labor Program will once again be hosting informal meetings (with light refreshments!) for labor supervisors to meet and share ideas.

For more information, please email Collis Robinson (

Something to Chew On

Something to Chew On is a monthly event hosted by the Labor Office where a different department from campus has the opportunity to promote their program and give information to the staff and faculty about how their work affects the campus community.

For more information, please email Collis Robinson (

Green Dot Trainings

If you would like to find out more about Green Dot visit our website at For questions or concerns email Heather Dent at or call 859-985-3983.

Safe Zone Training

Berea College is one of hundreds of colleges and universities that provide training to promote inclusive spaces for LGBTQ students. More specifically, this Safe Zone Training Program provides participants with an opportunity to gain knowledge and awareness about gender and sexual identity development. Participants will be engaged in experiential activities that promote a space for dialogue and questions related to gender and sexual identity. Upon completion of the training, participants will leave with educational materials and an optional window cling or sticker to place in your office/workspace. Should you choose to take the Safe Zone sticker you will be communicating that your office is a safe, friendly, respectful, and non-judgmental space for our LGBTQ students. For more information about this training opportunity, please contact Dr. Amanda Wyrick, Berea’s Safe Zone trainer at

Title IX Training

Covers Berea College’s policies and procedures on Sexual Misconduct, how to identify and prevent sexual violence, How to report and incident, and the impact of trauma on victims. All new employees are required to attend one of these sessions. For more information about upcoming sessions, please contact either Heather Dent or Joslyn Glover via email or phone.

The Title VII/IX Office has a Title IX Employee Training coming up next week on Wednesday, April 17 from 3:00-4:00 in the Appalachian Center Gallery. Training will cover important information about Berea College’s Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures and Nondiscrimination Policy, how to prevent and identify sexual violence, appropriate methods for responding to reports of sexual misconduct, and how and to whom such misconduct must be reported.

You may RSVP through the following link


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The Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI)

Participation in the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI). To take the IDI as an individual, area, or office, please contact Dr. Alicestyne Turley (

Labor Program How-To Training Videos

Information about the Staff Development Fund

Information about Tuition Reimbursement

Berea College Staff Development Workshops
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Spring 2019 BC Staff Development (BCSD) Schedule

Schedule coming soon!

If you have any questions, please contact Mark Nigro at extension 3436.

The Civil Rights Seminar & Tour

Loyal Jones Appalachian Center Events

The Appalachian Seminar & Tour

Participation in Dean’s Reading Groups

Reading GroupsDate, Location, and Discussion Leaders
Let’s Pretend this Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny LawsonSep. 25th, Oct. 2nd, 5:30p-6:30p
Lead by Troy Price & Amanda Peach
Southernmost by Silas HouseOct. 4th, 3:30p-5:00p
Lead by Chad Berry & Silas House
Dreamland by Sam QuinonesNov. 14th & 28th, 4:30p-6:00p,
Lead by Andrea Woodward & Shannon Phelps
Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by Cathy O'NeilNov. 2nd & 30th, 4:00p-5:00p at Faber Library in Stephenson Hall
Lead by Chris Miller & Jan Pearce
The Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy by Maggie Berg and Barbara SeeberJan. 10th & 24th, 5:00p-6:00p at Bates home, Lorraine Court
Lead by Rebecca Bates & Nancy Sowers
Saint Monkey by Jacinda TownsendJan. 24th, 4:00p at the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center
Lead by Jacinda Townsend & Chris Green
The Underground Railroad: A Novel by Colson WhiteheadFeb. 11th & 18th, 5:00p-6:00p at the Woodson Center, Hathaway Library
Lead by Linda Strong-Leek & Alicestyne Turley
iGen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy--and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood--and What That Means for the Rest of Us by Jean M. TwengeMar. 13th & 27th, 11:00a-12:00p in Hafer-Gibson, HR Conference Room
Lead by Jill Gurtatowski & Gus Gerassamides
For more information email Sarah Broomfield at:

Participation in Community Reading Groups

For more information on Community Reads, please contact Sarah Broomfield via email or by calling 859-985-3487.

Lunch & Learn Workshops (Contact Jill Gurtatowski for more information).